What does chattel mean?

Definitions for chattel
ˈtʃæt lchat·tel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chattel, personal chattel, movablenoun

    personal as opposed to real property; any tangible movable property (furniture or domestic animals or a car etc)


  1. chattelnoun

    Tangible, movable property.

  2. chattelnoun

    A slave.

  3. chatteladjective

    Commonly used to describe the treatment of Russian serfs as property.

  4. Etymology: From chatel, from chatel, from capitale (English capital). Compare cattle, which is from an Anglo-Norman variant. Compare also capital and kith and kine, which also use “cow” to mean “property”.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Chattelnoun

    Any moveable possession: a term now scarce used but in forms of law.

    Nay, look not big, nor stamp, nor stare, nor fret;
    I will be master of what is mine own;
    She is my goods, my chattels. William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew.

    Honour’s a lease for lives to come,
    And cannot be extended from
    The legal tenant: ’tis a chattle
    Not to be forfeited in battle. Hudibras, p. i. c. iii.


  1. chattel

    Chattel refers to a personal possession or movable property that is not a freehold estate, including tangible items such as furniture, cars, jewelry, as well as intangible items such as patents, copyrights, stocks, or bonds. In historical contexts, is also referred to slaves as legal property.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chattelnoun

    any item of movable or immovable property except the freehold, or the things which are parcel of it. It is a more extensive term than goods or effects

  2. Etymology: [OF. chatel; another form of catel. See Cattle.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chattel

    chat′l, n. any kind of property which is not freehold, distinguished further into chattels-real and chattels-personal, the latter being mere personal movables—money, plate, cattle, and the like; the former including leasehold interests.—Goods and chattels, all corporeal movables. [O. Fr. chatel—Low L. captale—L. capitale, &c., property, goods.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chattel in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chattel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of chattel in a Sentence

  1. Gloria Steinem:

    The family is the basic cell of government: it is where we are trained to believe that we are human beings or that we are chattel, it is where we are trained to see the sex and race divisions and become callous to injustice even if it is done to ourselves, to accept as biological a full system of authoritarian government.

  2. Jamaal Muwwakkil:

    It takes away the weight of the reality of chattel slavery, you can, through hyperbole, water down The Houston Association of Realtors of [ that word ] to slavery.

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